Chesapeake Bay Week

Celebrate our nation’s largest estuary, and explore the natural wonder of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay watershed as students dive into the science, history, and industries of the Bay.

These classroom-ready resources - for elementary, middle and high school students - make use of theme-based video clips from MPT programs, primary sources, guiding questions, and learning extensions to engage students and prompt inquiry. Select a theme to find no-prep lesson starters, student lessons, and learning interactives to use in your classroom and promote deeper reflection on ways students can help protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Biodiversity and Marine Life

Explore the diverse ecosystems, animals, and organisms living in the Chesapeake Bay.

History and Culture

Uncover the Chesapeake Bay’s unique history and culture.

Grades 6-10

The Oyster Wars

Analyze Library of Congress primary sources in this inquiry kit about the late 19th- and early 20th-century disputes over oyster harvesting rights and regulations.

» The Oyster Wars

Environmental Challenges

Examine issues affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Watershed Conservation

Discover ways you can help preserve our Chesapeake Bay watershed.  

Industry and Economy

Assess the impact the Chesapeake Bay has on the area's economy and industry. 

Grades 4-8

Bait to Plate

Use this lesson to introduce students to the tradition, culture, and economy of Maryland’s crab industry, and the different factors that impact its future.

» Bait to Plate